This weekend I headed up to Pittsburgh to attend the opening reception for the PRINTWORK 2014 juried show at Artists Image Resource. It is a GREAT show, juried by the one and only Bill Fick.

On a personal note, this is the last year I will be organizing the exhibition. I have organized this show since the start in 2012, and have organized all three exhibitions. It has been a lot of work, but a real joy to help create a wonderful opportunity for my fellow printmakers to show their work, and for the people of Pittsburgh to see some wonderful contemporary prints. Thanks to everyone at AIR for even allowing me the chance to do this, and I hope future PRINTWORK exhibitions will grow in stature!

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On Monday, I had a great conversation with Pittsburgh artist John Pena. John will be a visiting artist at WVU next year, so it was nice to be able to bounce ideas for his visit. I was also able to snag a few copies of his printed version of Daily Geology. Afterwards, I headed to Artists Image Resource for a board meeting, but I got to see the PRINTWORK 2014 exhibition! It opens this Friday and looks great ! Bill Fick did a fantastic job of curating this exhibition…See you at the reception!

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John Pena’s Daily Geology…

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PRINTWORK 2014!

Spring is going to be a busy time of year, solo exhibitions in Pittsburgh and Columbus, juried exhibitions in Texas and Tennessee, and a few new prints for portfolios at the 2015 SGCI Conference…so stay tuned…

Below is an image of the finishing touches on a new print for the “Better Living” portfolio for SGCI…

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Over the Thanksgiving break, I caught up with Shaurya Kumar, Assistant Professor of Art at the SAIC. We worked together as Executive Board members of SGC International, and haven’t seen each other in a while. So I was really excited to meet with Shaurya again, and see the studios of SAIC.

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On Monday Sept. 29, Mark Brickey brought the Adventures in Design podcast back to Morgantown. You may remember that back in 2012, we hosted an AID Podcast over SKYPE. This time Mark was actually in the building, with Pittsburgh poster legend Mike Budai. It was a short visit for Mark, but it was action packed. It was so great to see this all happen in person, and Mark and Mike had a wonderful conversation. Thank you to both artists for taking the time to be a part of the WVU Printmaking Program.

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Also on Friday, Sept 26, WVU Printmaking students participated in the annual Morgantown Arts Walk. Artists from all over the region are encouraged to show their work in local shops downtown. The stores stay open late, and a great vibe is created. WVU students sell their work to help raise money to travel to the annual SGC International Conference.

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On Friday, Sept. 26, WVU Printmaking students and I got the chance to tour the Carnegie Mellon University Printshop. Former WVU Graduate Student Matt Forrest, who now works for CMU, was gracious enough to give us the tour. Thanks to Matt and to Jen Rockage for setting the tour up.

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I am very honored to be a part of an exhibition titled “Midwest Matrix: Continuum”. “Midwest Matrix” was organized by Susan Goldman and will be on display at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

The exhibition will open Friday, August 29 and continue through Wednesday, October 1. A gallery talk and opening reception will be held on Friday, August 29 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery.

From the official website:

“Midwest Matrix: Continuum explores the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking, featuring over 20 artists highlighting this history and calling attention to the next generation of artists. Susan Goldman, Director of Lily Press in Rockville, MD and former professor of printmaking and master printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, created the documentary Midwest Matrix…Midwest Matrix articulates a history and the legacy of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest and poses the question: What is the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking”

From Sept. 09-Sept. 11 I was at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to be a visiting artist. While there, I worked with students to create an edition of prints of my latest image, hosted a mini-comics workshop, presented my work to local high school students, gave a public lecture, and had crits with Murray State printmakers. To say the least, it was an action packed visit. Printmaking Professor Nicole Hand graciously hosted my stay in Kentucky with husband and Graphic Design Professor Jim Bryant. I can’t thank them and everyone at Murray State enough for a wonderful time! Nicole has such a great program, and I am always impressed with the quality of work that her students produce.

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Visiting artist poster…always fun to see how students present my work for their poster…

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Recent work of mine will be on display in the STAND OUT PRINTS 2014 Juried Exhibition at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

The show will run from September 5 – October 4 2014.

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